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Take Action May 11-12: SFA Days of Action vs. Burger King!

by SFA (organize [at]
The historic Taco Bell and McDonald's agreements were two huge steps down the path to farmworker justice, and students and youth were pivotal in both campaigns. Today, the movement for Fair Food continues as the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and its allies look to expand the precedents of these agreements to the world's #2 burger chain: Miami-based Burger King.
Mark your calendars and start organizing today to join students and young people across the country this May 11-12 in calling on Burger King to work with the CIW to address the human rights crisis in Florida's fields. Click here ( for action ideas you can take in your own community, including dropping off the new BK manager letter (

While BK uses the purchasing power of thousands of restaurants to drive down tomato prices - and, consequently, tomato pickers' wages - it has publicly rejected ( working with the CIW to address human rights abuses in the fields (offering, instead, to "re-train" farmworkers to work in its restaurants). As one CIW member put it, "We're not unemployed. We want dignity and we want them to take responsibility for the conditions we work in the fields."

Even as it refuses to work with the CIW, however, BK recently announced an initiative to improve the treatment of farm animals ( in its supply chain.

This May 11-12, let's send a strong message to Burger King that Florida's farmworkers and their student/youth allies are committed to making fast food into fair food - one burger chain at a time:

- Action ideas (

- Burger King manager letter ( and flyer (

- Connect with local SFA members ( in your community

- Burger King campaign analysis (

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by nati (natasha [at]
This Friday, May 11:

a group is meeting at the base of UC Santa Cruz
@ 3 PM
to head down to the Burger King on Mission St.

If you want to meet us at BK, we should be there by 3:30pm, at the latest.The short and sweet action -no more than an hour- will be to deliver a letter to the manager with a message from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW, the farmworkers of Southwest FL leading the Fair Food campaign). Then some photos! Yes, a photo op!

That's it. The BK campaign is will pick up entering Fall when the tomato season begins and the CIW sends out the next call to action to allies...

see you in the streets!
(on Mission St this Friday, 3 PM)
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